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Old 25-08-2018, 09:29 AM   #1
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After recently machine polishing my wifes Landrover Freelander my Sim 180 rotary started cutting out/losing power , it's not had any really serious work to do in it's life . The previous one also started with the same problem , I've now decided to get myself a quality machine and was looking at a Dewalt Dwp849x rotary , having owned a few Dewalt powertools over the years and not having any issues with them . My only real concern was the weight of the machine compared to some of the cheapo Chinese built machines , are any members using a Dwp849x or have used one . Thanks , Mark .
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Old 25-08-2018, 09:58 AM   #2
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The lightest Rotary which was a key aspect for me was the Dodo Spin Doctor, still available. The Makita had been old school, the DeWalt is well made.

I have a Shinemate Rotary 3"-1" pads.

If you sit down that technique will help support the machine on vertical surfaces, the bigger flat areas will be fine. Buffdaddy plus others make extensions for smaller pads.

Good luck.

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Old 25-08-2018, 11:16 AM   #3
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I have a Milwaukee rotary, not the lightest but its well built, I find that because it's a little heavier (around 3kg) I don't need to apply much pressure when polishing, the machine does the work, also sitting when using it is on a side panel is a big help, I tried a lightweight machine before this I think it was just 1.6kg but you have to work the machine hard whereas the one I have just coasts through it.

Don't be afraid of a heavier machine and it will build muscle
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Old 25-08-2018, 11:59 AM   #4
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I have previously owned the dewalt machine. It's fine if you're using it here and there, but I wouldn't want to use it for 8 hours a day on a regular basis. If you start getting fatigue it will affect your technique. I got rid of mine and was lucky enough to pick up an as new festool rap for a good price..... The difference is certainly noticeable
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This question of weight comes up so many times and I know it really is a problem for me these days.
I wonder why manufacturers aren't falling over themselves trying to produce the lightest machine?


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This question of weight comes up so many times and I know it really is a problem for me these days.
I wonder why manufacturers aren't falling over themselves trying to produce the lightest machine?


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Hardly a mass market sell maybe 1000s where as the drill markets can be ten fold,
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not used it but the FLEX PE14-2 is slightly heavier than the Dodo Spin Doctor at 2.2kg but german made quality. I have the Flex 3401 Forced Rotation DA and its seems well made and a pleasure to use. Only problem is the Flex products are on the expensive side.

As for the Dewalt, not used it either but looks heavy and had aching arms after two days polishing on a corsa with a very heavy rotary polisher
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Old 25-08-2018, 11:48 PM   #8
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The lightest Rotary which was a key aspect for me was the Dodo Spin Doctor, still available. The Makita had been old school, the DeWalt is well made.

I have a Shinemate Rotary 3"-1" pads.

If you sit down that technique will help support the machine on vertical surfaces, the bigger flat areas will be fine. Buffdaddy plus others make extensions for smaller pads.

Good luck.

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Ive use quite a few rotaries in my life but I stuck with Dodo Juice Spin Doctor purely because of the weight. Its powerful, light and smooth with the only downside being it starts at 1000rpm.
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Don't know why no one is mentioning the Shinemate EP801, thats 2kg's but better balanced. 700rpm start speed, long lead, proper speed control, quiet and smooth. It's got bags of torque and importantly is mega reliable. Even the flex edge backing plate its supplied with is absolutely brilliant quality. https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ep801...otary-polisher

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Thanks for everybody's views , I decided on the Dewalt which will be getting it's first outing this weekend .

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